TOMS RIVER-Just eighteen days prior to the retirement of Jackson School District Superintendent Tom Gialanella, the Toms River School District has announced it will be hiring Mr. Gialanella to replace outgoing superintendent, Frank Roselli.
Roselli announced his retirement earlier this year, citing medical issues after suffering from a heart attack.
President of the Board of Education Ben Giovine states, “The Board is confident that the appointment of Mr. Gialanella and Dr. Gaffney to the respective positions of interim superintendent and interim assistant superintendent will provide our school district with a positive and productive transition pending the selection of our new superintendent and assistant superintendent later in the calendar year.”
Tom Gialanella has been the superintendent of the Jackson School District for 11 years.
According to a release from the Toms River School District, during his tenure in Jackson he oversaw the opening of the district’s second high school, Jackson Liberty High School and a new elementary school, the redistricting of attendance boundaries for the opening of those schools, the implementation of multiple technology projects geared toward advancing student achievement and multiple facility renovations to the district’s aging infrastructure.
Gialanella was earning $209,183 as Jackson’s superintendent. He announced his retirement in July of 2012. If Gialanella had renewed his contract with the Jackson School District, he would have been forced to take a pay cut of nearly $35,000 per year due to a New Jersey state law that caps school superintendent salaries at $175,000 per year for a school district the size of Jackson, which educates approximately 9,000 students.
“Even though this opportunity to serve as interim superintendent for the Toms River Regional district came up sooner than I expected, I felt it was too perfect to pass up,” Gialanella said.
The Toms River School District did not release any financial information regarding Gialanella’s new position, stating only that it is “to be determined”.
Prior to his career in Jackson, Gialanella served for 29 years in the Brick Township School District. He began as a social studies teacher for eight years before becoming a guidance counselor there in 1981. In 1990 he was promoted to assistant principal at Brick Township High School and became the district director of guidance in 1992. In 1994 he was named assistant superintendent and served in that position for eight years, overseeing several areas including the district’s aggressive building plan. During his entire 29-year career in Brick, he was also the director of guidance, assistant principal at Brick Township High School, guidance counselor and social studies teacher.
Frank Roselli states, “I am very pleased that the Board of Education has chosen experienced and talented educators to lead the district as we search for a new superintendent. These appointments will give the search committee the time it needs to recommend quality candidates. I can retire knowing the district is in good hands.”
Gialanella will be replaced in Jackson by current Assistant Superintendent Lu Anne Meinders. Meinders will earn $169,000 as superintendent, for a cost savings of $40,000 to the district.
Gialanella will serve as the second superintendent for the Toms River School District since the arrest of longtime superintendent Michael Ritacco was arrested on various corruption charges in 2010.